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Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of young people to help them thrive in a tech driven future, empowering them to become digital leaders and change-makers within their communities. Since launching in 2010, Apps for Good has been delivered in over 1,500 schools to more than 100,000 students around the world. Apps for Good is a registered charity and is supported by partnerships with companies and foundations who share their vision of improving technology education, including Thomson Reuters, SAP, Barclaycard, Comic Relief and Esmee Fairbarn. Find out more at appsforgood.org

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Apps for Good

An app-ealing idea: three students from Hertfordshire win Information Category at the Apps for Good Awards

A team of 17 year olds from Elstree UTC, in Hertfordshire has been announced as the winner of the Information Category sponsored by Thomson Reuters at this year’s national Apps for Good Awards for their app Booksy.

  • The Booksy app was created to promote visual and collaborative learning amongst GSCE students. The app allows users to;
    • To scan and upload their notes linked to course textbook pages, for them to appear to other users when they scan the same page.
    • See objects linked to the specification in virtual reality when they are scanned from course materials.
    • Collaborate with other users by sharing their notes and findings amongst the community on Booksy.
  • Selected from hundreds of applicants from across the UK, the team had to pitch their app idea to a panel of industry leaders at the annual Apps for Good Awards, held on 20th June at the Barbican in London.
  • The team will now work alongside professional app developers and Thomson Reuters to get their app ready for market next year.
  • The winning team is made up of Kirsty, Savanna and Andrew who all took part in the Apps for Good course at their school Elstree UTC. The team said,

“Apps for Good has given us the invaluable experience of designing, pitching and talking about our app. Seeing the diverse range of opportunities/roles within the tech industry really makes us excited for the future. The program broadened our understanding of the industry.”

  • Now in its sixth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate young tech entrepreneurs who are creating technology products to transform their world.
  • Any students who study the free Apps for Good course – currently being delivered in 600 schools to 25,000 students nationwide – are able to enter the awards to gain national recognition and mentoring and support from the charity and its partners to take their product further.

Heather Picov, UK Managing Director Apps for Good commented:

“We’re incredibly excited for the Booksy team– they’ve displayed impressive talent and creativity in a very competitive category. The app will help connect learners and promote collaboration. I think it will become a useful resource to the team’s peers during their exams in the future. We’re delighted for them to be working on their app with Thomson Reuters, who have been a long-term strategic partner of Apps for Good and I know will provide invaluable support, expertise and inspiration to the students.”

Rachel Moseley, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility of Thomson Reuters commented,

“Thomson Reuters is once again incredibly proud to join Apps for Good on this journey as sponsors of the Information category and to see Booksy as the winners of the Apps for Good Awards. Their App idea demonstrates how data and information can create a real social impact, something that is at the heart of what we do at Thomson Reuters. We are continually impressed by the passions, social responsibility and innovative thinking of these young people and look forward to continuing to support their App idea as it is developed for market.”

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